Ryan Maas wasn’t quite feeling like himself last week.
Judging by his performance Thursday night, it’s safe to say the City High senior is back to 100 percent.
Maas recovered from a bout of illness that caused him to miss a tournament last weekend with a pair of first-period pins Thursday as City High picked up a pair of wins at home.
City High (2-2) cruised past Waterloo East 57-18 and came from behind to down Cedar Rapids Kennedy 39-32 to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Maas was dominant in both of his matches, pinning Waterloo East heavyweight Omar Begic in 23 seconds and Kennedy 220-pounder Evan Hoover in 26 seconds.
“Last week, he was very sick and he didn’t look like himself,” City High coach Cory Connell said of Maas. “Tonight he was back to 100 percent, and a healthy Ryan Maas is a very good wrestler.”
Mass had plenty of help in the opening win over Waterloo East.
City High earned victories at 11 of the 14 weights against the Trojans, winning six matches by fall and two others by forfeit.
City High got pins from Will Ortiz at 120 pounds, Colton Chalupa at 126, Nic Jarvis at 145, Dallas Slater at 160, and Dillon Africa at 170, along with Maas’ pin at 220 in the win over Waterloo East.
“It feels really, really good to get two wins today,” Maas said. “Especially since it’s my senior year and I don’t want to lose a dual in this gym.”
After cruising in the opener against Waterloo East, the Little Hawks needed some late magic to get past Kennedy.
City High trailed 27-6 after Kennedy won five of the first six matches.
The Little Hawks responded by winning six of the final seven matches to earn the 39-32 win.
Africa started the comeback with a 6-4 decision over Jack Nolan at 170 pounds, and Harrison Whitlow followed with a second-period pin of CJ Breja at 182.
After City High got a forfeit win at 195, Maas needed just 26 seconds to pin Hoover and tie the dual at 27.
“I knew the team needed bonus points so I was going to look for the fall, but I just wanted to wrestle my match,” Maas said. “It was great to be able to get a pin there.”
Maas took Hoover to the mat less than 20 seconds into the match and got the pin seconds later.
The two pins on Thursday improved Maas’ season record to 4-0 after a pair of wins by decision in last week’s double dual with Cedar Rapids Prairie and Dubuque Wahlert.
“He was reaching and I just hit my double leg and he kind of went over to his back,” Maas said. “I caught both arms and was able to get the pin.”
With the dual tied at 27, freshman Armani Smith turned in perhaps the biggest win of the night as he pinned Matt Murphy in 3:17 to give City High at 33-27 lead in the dual.
“He’s an athlete,” Connell said of Smith. “He is a heck of a football player, he’s a good track athlete, he’s a good kid and, man, he’s a stud. He went out there and fought hard and that was a huge win for us.”
Smith, Maas, Africa, Will Ortiz, Jarvis and Damond Coghill-Behrends all finished with 20 wins for City High Thursday as the Little Hawks bounced back after dropping their first two duals of the season.
“I just want to stress to these guys that we need to get better each and every time out,” Connell said. “I feel like we came out here tonight to fight and to win and I’m really proud of them.”
CITY HIGH 57, WATERLOO EAST 18
106 – Darrel Lowery (WE) won by forfeit.
113 – Daniel Kelly (C) dec. Tyler Smith 7-3
120 – Will Ortiz (C) pinned Skyler Laughlin 3:57.
126 – Colton Chalupa (C) pinned Ryan Valenzuela :33.
132 – Cody Sahr (WE) pinned Alex Kooker 3:01.
138 – Jose Verdinez (C) dec. Jeremiah Jordan 6-4.
145 – Nic Jarvis (C) pinned Daylne King 1:39.
152 – Ali Omar (C) dec. Chase Pryor 6-5.
160 – Dallas Slater (C) pinned Jordan Evans 3:58.
170 – Dillon Africa (C) pinned Eric Gleiter 1:46.
182 – Damond Coghill-Behrends (C) won by forfeit.
195 – Nakema Carter (WE) pinned Harrison Whitlow 3:04.
220 – Armani Smith (C) won by forfeit.
285 – Ryan Maas (C) pinned Omar Begic :23.
CITY HIGH 39, C.R. KENNEDY 32
106 – Double forfeit.
113 -Nolan Hromidko (CRK) tech fall Daniel Kelly 17-0.
120 – Will Ortiz (C) won by forfeit.
*126 – Logen Rodriguez (CRK) won by forfeit.
132 – Kobi Cowen (CRK) pinned Colton Chalupa.
138 – AJ Losch (CRK) pinned Jose Verdinez.
145 – Nic Jarvis (ICH) pinned Austin Winders.
152 – Garrett Kubovec (CRK) dec. Ali Omar 8-3.
160 – Sam Pape (CRK) pinned Dallas Slater 1:45, 27-6.
170 – Dillon Africa (C) dec. Jack Nolan 6-4.
182 – Harrison Whitlow (C) pinned CJ Breja 2:33.
195 – Damond Coghill-Behrends (C) won by forfeit.
220 – Ryan Maas (C) pinned Evan Hoover :26.
285 – Armani Smith (C) pinned Matt Murphy 3:17.